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Poll: 3% More Oppose Obama-Care

From an outraged NBC News:

NBC poll: Doubts over Obama health plan

NBC poll: Misperceptions abound on president’s health overhaul initiative

By Mark Murray
Tues., Aug 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – Two weeks since raucous congressional town-hall meetings on health care became a national story — and days after President Barack Obama began holding his own town halls — Americans remain skeptical about White House plans to overhaul the nation’s health system, according to a new NBC News poll.

A plurality believes Obama’s health plan would worsen the quality of health care, a result that is virtually unchanged from last month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. What’s more, only four in 10 approve of the president’s handling of the issue, which also is unchanged from July.

And a majority — 54 percent — is more concerned that the government will go too far in reforming the nation’s health care system, while 41 percent is more worried that the reform will not do enough to lower costs and cover the uninsured.

“Things have not changed radically in the past two weeks,” says Democratic pollster Jay Campbell of Hart Research Associates, which conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.

“But they have changed enough to illustrate an environment that has gotten tougher” for the White House, he says.

Damaging misperceptions

One of the reasons why it has become tougher is due to misperceptions about the president’s plans for reform.

Majorities in the poll believe the plans would give health insurance coverage to illegal immigrants; would lead to a government takeover of the health system; and would use taxpayer dollars to pay for women to have abortions — all claims that nonpartisan fact-checkers say are untrue about the legislation that has emerged so far from Congress.

Forty-five percent think the reform proposals would allow the government to make decisions about when to stop providing medical care for the elderly.

That also is untrue: The provision in the House legislation that critics have seized on — raising the specter of “death panels” or euthanasia — would simply allow Medicare to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, if the patient wishes

But if the country is cautious about Obama’s health plans, it doesn’t seem to trust the Republican Party at all on the subject. Just 21 percent approve of the GOP’s handling of health care, versus 62 percent who disapprove.

Still, the country appears to be receptive to some type of health care reform. A combined 60 percent of respondents say the system needs either a “complete overhaul” or “major reform.” (Yet that combination has declined 10 points since April, and the percentage wanting a “complete overhaul” has dropped 12 points since that time.)

Also, while just 36 percent believe Obama’s efforts to reform the health system are a good idea, that number increases to 53 percent when respondents were read a paragraph describing Obama’s plans. (But that 53 percent is also a three-point drop since last month.)

This NBC poll was taken of 805 adults from Aug. 15-17, and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points. It comes after protests have erupted across the country at congressional town-hall meetings on health care.

According to the survey, 16 percent say that what they have seen, read or heard about these protests have made them feel more favorable about Obama’s health plans. By contrast, 19 percent say the protests have made them feel less favorable, and 62 percent say they’ve made no difference.

In addition, 43 percent believe the protests have done more harm than good, versus a nearly identical 42 percent who say they’ve done more good than harm. Yet independents believe, by a 50-34 percent margin, that the protests have done more good.

The poll also comes after a new round of speculation over whether White House will drop its preference for a public/government option to compete against private health insurers.

In the poll, 43 percent say they favor a public option, versus 47 percent who oppose it. That’s a shift from last month’s NBC/Journal poll, when 46 percent said they backed it and 44 percent were opposed.

It sure sounds to us like the story should be that more and more people oppose Mr. Obama’s healthcare reform.

For the numbers to drop three percent points in one month despite the full time efforts of the White House, the Congress, the media and their Soros-funded Astroturf army from ACORN and SEIU is simply astonishing.

Three percentage points used to be a significant number. After all, we were told that Mr. McCain lost in a landslide because Mr. Obama got 7.2% more of the vote. In 1996 we were told that Mr. Clinton won a “mandate” from the voters by winning .1% over the combined totals for Messers Dole and Perot.

But of course NBC says it is the concerted disinformation campaign against healthcare reform that is tamping down Mr. Obama’s numbers.

Except that they also assure us that nothing has changed and that the numbers are effectively the same as last month’s.

NBC needs to pick a story, and stick to it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Poll: 3% More Oppose Obama-Care”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    You notice what is missing from these polls?

    There are no percentages listed for white democrats, black democrats, yellow democrats, white republicans, black republicans, yellow republicans, yellow independents, white independents, black independents and all the greenie weenies!

    The least they could do is pull the “race” card for this……I mean…….NBC? C’mon!!

  2. proreason says:

    “NBC needs to pick a story, and stick to it”

    They have.

    Despite all evidence (like the bill itself) to the contrary, the story is that Universal Death Scare is a good thing.

    But here is another story line for them to pursue…….”Redesign America’s Health Care in 3 months today. Rewrite America’s Air Traffic Control System in 3 days tomorrow!! ” What could go wrong?

  3. Right of the People says:

    The MSM is living in a fantasy world of their very own. They continue to confuse facts with disinformation of course in MSMLand they are the same thing. I thing NBC stands for Nothing But Crap. I wasn’t even aware that they were still on the air, I’m not even sure what channel they are on my local satellite service.

  4. proreason says:

    Gerald Warner of Telegraph.co.uk is the most point-blank of any commentator around.

    This piece is CLASSIC. It only takes a minute to read it all.


    “The white flag is flying over Camp Obama, which makes a pleasant change from the red flag that, metaphorically speaking, has been flying there since January 20. Barack Obama’s plan for socialised health care on the Stalinist model across the United States is now in full retreat.
    …Obama has no interest in genuine health care reform: as a Senator he voted against all the moderate, achievable measures that were proposed. So far as he was concerned, the worse things got for 48 million uninsured Americans the better: it might persuade them to buy into his socialist scheme, the primary objective of which was not relief of suffering but expansion of Big Government.
    …Obama has no notion of cautious, consensual reform: he wants a Union of Soviet States of America and he wants it now. A realist would have taken up the existing reform proposals, perhaps radicalised them a little…But not Obama. He brings to the White House the abilities and experience of a Chicago community organiser. As Sarah Palin witheringly said: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organiser’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
    …The one glimmer of realism he displayed was when he recently told an audience in Montana that, with regard to health care, he was “not in favour of the British system”. Perhaps he had just seen the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics revealing that more than 30,000 people have died in England and Wales from hospital infections in just five years. Translated proportionately into American demographics, that would be 150,000 fatalities. Not the best advertisement for socialised health care.
    … This will be a one-term presidency.”

    Love the bit about 30K fatalies, projecting to 150K. Of course, that’s just from hospital infections.

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